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Emily Wessel

Hi! I’m Emily Wessel, I design fun-to-knit patterns and helpful technique tutorials. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland with my husband and two kids, where I like to run, knit, learn languages, and hang out with friends. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits -


  1. Leticia
    March 1, 2021 @ 10:13 pm

    Wow I really need a knitting machine please tell me where can I buy I’m based in South Africa Limpopo.

    Please assist.

    • Alexa Ludeman
      March 5, 2021 @ 10:36 am

      Hi! I”m sorry, we don’t sell knitting machine’s so I’m not really sure. Best luck in your search!

  2. Judy Yamada
    October 25, 2019 @ 7:31 am

    Is there a “full”, hand knit pattern for this sweater?

    • alexaludeman
      October 29, 2019 @ 3:11 pm

      Hi Judy – Yep! Emily used the Strange Brew pattern, just machine knitting the body rather than hand knitting it.

  3. SC
    August 17, 2019 @ 4:35 am

    I’m eagerly reading the blog. Looking for other instances where the sweater body is machine knit. Specifically, info on matching machine and handknit gauge. I assume sleeves are seemed? Can’t wait to master my machine more to attempt this.

  4. Debbie Tucker
    August 15, 2019 @ 11:03 am

    I knit my husband the Marius sweater ..I am now knitting 2 strange brews sweaters for my 2 granddaughters. A very slow process because of back issues . I keep losing feelings in my hands and feet.

  5. purlbaby
    April 30, 2019 @ 8:44 pm

    I love knitting for others, for Christmas, birthdays, and just because. That’s usually where my knitted items go, although I recently bought a shawl kit that’s (supposedly) to be made for me. Super excited to cast on! :)

  6. cj
    April 25, 2019 @ 8:01 pm

    I made my college roommate/bff of a decade a Marshland for her birthday a few months ago :)

  7. Olivia
    April 22, 2019 @ 5:29 am

    I rarely keep anything I knit. I have a large family and now they have spouses and children so, the 3 sweaters I’ve recently made myself are a rarity. It’s so nice to gift hand knit things.

  8. Judy
    April 22, 2019 @ 5:11 am

    Pretty sweater! I’m intrigued by the process of knitting partially on a knitting machine and finishing by hand.

  9. Theresa Hofstetter
    April 20, 2019 @ 4:05 pm

    This sweater is just beautiful and I have saved it as inspiration. It is my goal for this year to knit my first tone sweater. I am working now on learning the knitting machine my aunt gave me as I know I have no hope of knitting all that stockinette by hand.

  10. Meredith MC
    April 20, 2019 @ 7:19 am

    I forgot to say- I love the sweater you knit! I love the colors and the shape. It’s such an inspiration. I’m off to find and favorite it on Ravelry.

  11. Meredith MC
    April 20, 2019 @ 7:16 am

    I’ve knit many gift accessories for friends and family. I think my favorite part is knowing my efforts keep them cozy against the cold, and can work as a sort of hug when I can’t be there. The handknits is a physical reminder that they’re loved. We could all use those reminders.

  12. Lucy Feeling Woolly
    April 20, 2019 @ 12:52 am

    Hi Emily I’ve recently discovered Tin Can Knits and am new here to your lovely blog. I just wanted to say wow! Your jumper for Chantal is absolutely stunning and I’m sure she feels very lucky to have you as a friend. For me, knitting a gift represents reaching out to those we love. With every stitch you have that person at the foremost in your mind, they’re there with you. When we don’t see people we love, we miss them and so knitting for them draws you closer and squeezes the distance between you. I think all my knits have been gifts for friends and family. It definitely makes me feel closer to them .

  13. Nancy Reed
    April 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

    Well – I knitted a February Lady Sweater for my daughter, my BFF, who lives in Paris and is currently teaching in Dubai. (See details at my Ravelry page, “geminiknitter”). It was quite an effort, but having done one my intent is to make one for myself. She does love it. Of course many other things are constantly putting themselves in front of my own FLS….but that often happens to us, doesn’t it? :D Nancy

  14. lkspoonersbcglobalnet
    April 18, 2019 @ 12:17 pm

    Yes, I have been knitting for family and friends for over 59 years. I have finally started making for me. Hats, scarves, cowls, and sweaters. I also crochet a little so add baby blankets galore and an throw or two for adults. I knit or crochet at least every other day. I try to every day when I can. Knitting has gotten me thru some real unhappiness in my life, death of my life partner, etc. While hubby was in hospital I made about 30 beanies over 2 weeks. I owe knitting my life. My aunt taught me to knit a simple stitch when I was 13 and now at 72 I am still going strong. Thank you for your posts. Linda

  15. Julie M
    April 18, 2019 @ 9:39 am

    So so lovely! I like knitting for others, mostly younguns, mittens or hats. I’ve ceased knitting sweaters – sadly. Seems they aren’t the thing with active sweaty kids. (Hoodies and tees rule no matter the season in MN with my clan.)

  16. miss agnes
    April 18, 2019 @ 7:44 am

    What a lovely sweater, and a lovely present! Yes, I have knitted my best friend a cloche hat in a lovely lavender shade she loves, and a silk shawl when she was sick. Gifting hand knits just feels so good, especially when you know the recipient will love them.

  17. knittedblissjc
    April 18, 2019 @ 7:10 am

    What an amazing gift, and a stunning colour combo on the yoke! Thank you for sharing the story of your friendship.